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Topic: Atheism/Agnosticism
A belief in God comes easier to some people than to others
I AM WRITING this in memory of Bill W. He had no qualms about making room in our great Fellowship for those of us who are never quite sure what is meant by the word "God." It must have taken real...
This atheist found he needed God in his life
WHEN I CAME to AA for help, I was an atheist--truly and deeply, according to all definitions I have seen. To me, "God" was a word to describe the cop-out answers to superstitious fears about all the...
Take away his bottle and there is an awesome vacuum to be filled
I TRIED the spiritual approach from the beginning, because I was afraid not to try it. I didn't think anything could help me to stop drinking, so I simply decided to try to do what the majority had...
IN THE BEGINNING, when I was still living in the cold, spiritual vacuum of agnosticism, I did not know what to do with the "God bit" in AA. What a pity, I thought, that these people found it...
I SHOULD LIKE to write a few words of encouragement to you who are unbelievers, as I am. By unbeliever, I mean you who do not take for granted that there is a transcendent God or an ultimate purpose...
TWENTY-SEVEN YEARS ago, I called AA. I told the girl who answered that I had a problem. "What's your problem, alcohol?" she asked. "Of course," I answered, "but I'm an atheist." She said just the...
I WAS TALKING to a prospective member the other day, and he objected to the religious aspects of AA. In the back of my mind, I groaned, "Oh, no--not another one." I smiled and was about to go into my...
Excerpts from a letter to a newcomer
IF YOU WORK the Steps as suggested, but without a Higher Power, the day will come when you feel as if you've done it all for nothing. Let me quit saying "you," and tell you about me. I told you...
I DRIED OUT, sobered up, and found peace by becoming aware of, then learning to be grateful for, the simple things that make up the joy of living, instead of wallowing around in the exact nature of...
During my drinking days, I lived primarily by the principle expressed in the Herbert Spencer quote at the end of the second appendix to the Big Book on Spiritual Experience. For this reason I had an...

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